What’s On – Friday 26th November

Message from Mrs. Castell

I am so looking forward to our concerts next week and the week after. Please contact the office if you have any queries about booking tickets. Although the increased number of performances means a smaller audience, I am sure you will make up for it with your crowd participation! The audience capacity across the performances means that we can only offer 2 tickets per family. If you have accidentally booked more than two per family we will refund as necessary.

Thank you all so much for continuing to test your children. In addition there are several childhood illnesses going around at the moment and we have had up to 20 children absent in one day.  We appreciate your child being kept at home when necessary!

Our wonderful WISPA team are planning a Christmas Craft session on Wednesday 8th December, and a Christmas Market after school on Friday 10th December (poster pictured). Christmas cards designed by your children have also been sent home this week - if you would like to place an order please do so by Wednesday 1st December. Please support WISPA as their funds are spearheading a re-design of our school library and they will also be buying new maths equipment for the children to use. We are so excited to see the many ideas they have put into place for children and families to raise money for our school. Thank you so much to the committee. 

Some of you may remember Mrs Herring, a very talented drama teacher who used to work here. She is a published author and came to school on Wednesday to share her new book with the children. It is called "The Sad Santas" and can be purchased online at Amazon.co.uk.

We also enjoyed Reverend Tony’s visit where he talked to the children about Advent. We are looking forward to the Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Church next weekend. If you have never been before, I would thoroughly recommend this very festive event. Our tree is called "All Good Things Come in Trees" and our wonderful Forest School staff, Mrs Winsley and Mrs Stobbie, have been helping the children to create some amazing decorations! 

Next week is the final week for most clubs. The exceptions are Tennis club, which is not running next week but will run on 6th December to make up the session and Football club, which runs until 9th December to make up for a session missed earlier in the term. We will send out club details for next term in the coming days. Please make a note of the dates as we publish these when you sign up. Details are also published on our website. A reminder that Reading Mondays have now finished for the term to fit in rehearsals. These will start again if the situation allows on 10th January 2022. 

Stay warm and dry this stormy weekend!

Best wishes

Helen Castell


  • We encourage healthy lunches for all children. Please support us by not including sweets or chocolate in your child's packed lunch and reserving those treats for home.
  • A reminder that we love to share awards, medals, trophies, even anecdotes from children’s achievements outside of school. Please hand them to me or email parents@writtleinfantschool.com for assemblies on Friday.
  • Diary dates and school events can added from our website to the calendar on your phone. Click on your chosen list of dates from the Links section and then click export at the bottom of the page.


Well done to the following children who have received HIPIP awards this week!

SHARKS - Sophia for persevering with her maths and counting in coins and notes. Thomas for persevering with his line learning for the play.

DOLPHINS - Leo for being a buddy to the new pupil in Dolphins (inclusivity). Gabriel and Una for beautiful handwriting (perseverance).

PARROTS - Jacob & Frankie for their perseverance during the Christmas show rehearsals!

TURTLES - Alice for persevering with her reading comprehension!1


Year 2 News

Dolphins class logoSharks class logo

This week the focus was on scientific aspects of our Frozen theme. We discovered how polar bears blubber helps it to survive in the harsh Arctic environment. We also learnt about the polar bear’s special features. The children created fact files on the Polar Bear and an Arctic animal of their choice. The children also followed instructions on how to draw a polar bear .

This week we have started our new maths unit on Money (they’re very excited!) We have recognised coins and notes and started counting money. Next week we will be doing some virtual shopping, finding totals and giving change.

Click here for this week's home learning.

Our email addresses are dolphins@writtleinfantschool.com and sharks@writtleinfantschool.com.

Year 1 News

Parrots class logoTurtles class logoWhat a busy week we have had! Christmas production rehearsals are well underway and the children are very excited for their upcoming performance. I’m sure you may have heard them practising at home. In English, the children innovated the story of Pumpkin Soup, writing their own version by changing the setting, characters and soup. We have had a big focus on punctuation and writing at length over the last two weeks. We are so proud of the children and have seen an increase in their writing stamina. In Maths we have been doing some assessments checking understanding of what has been taught so far. In P.E we have been using apparatus, travelling in different ways and practising football skills.

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Our email addresses are parrots@writtleinfantschool.com and turtles@writtleinfantschool.com.


Squirrels class logo

Foxes class logoThis week we haven't had a new poem to learn. We have been learning our Chritsmas poems and songs for our performance of 'Helicopter Bedtime Stories'. The children will just need to wear their Pyjamas/onesies. We will send more information via Tapestry. The children have been practising lots and are probably singing them at home, I know we are! This week we found out about Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light. We enjoyed learning about the festivities and the Menorah candle. Our number of the week has been 5, we have been finding the different ways 5 can be made and practising the formation of 5. In phonics we have learnt the sounds ck, e and u. We have also learnt the tricky word 'the'. Today we loved making some Christmas decorations for the hall and our classroom. Have a wonderful weekend.

Our email addresses are foxes@writtleinfantschool.com and squirrels@writtleinfantschool.com.